Guysssss I’m so sorry, this was supposed to be posted almost two weeks ago now (ack!) and I completely spaced! Please forgive my absence and enjoy the following post with sparklez and multichrome:
So right before I left to fly back to the East Coast for Christmas, I finally got my packages from Cirque Colors and ILNP that I’d ordered in November – a Black Friday deal from Cirque, the flakie pre-order from ILNP. I threw on a quick skittles mani with the three Cirque holos for my flight and wore an ILNP flakie for New Year’s, but I haven’t shown any yet on this site until now! (There’s a pic on my Instagram of all six bottles, though.) This mani is comprised of only two of them, but I’m sure I’ll rock the others soon!
I’ve fallen a little out of love with blue-leaning, royal purples lately, but my love affair with pinky-lavenders continues to grow, so I knew I’d adore Xochitl! It’s a beautiful orchid that went on in two flawless coats. I reeeeeeally love the colors in Cirque’s Heritage Collection; despite how pricey they are, I’m kicking myself for not picking up Sky Woman, the periwinkle holo, with my other ones. I love the hues of the Heritage colors – I mean, I love jewel tones as much as the next girl, but these softer colors are really unique in holo form and I’m so glad I have some of them finally!
On another note…really the only other indie holos I have are from ILNP and honestly, I much prefer Cirque’s – I think the holo linear “flare” is stronger than ILNP’s, which seem more scattered, and that’s not my favorite holo finish.
But anyway, I’ve already worn this polish three times since I got it, so obvs I love it. The best part is that it’s gorgeous even in the shade, because there’s tiny pink glitter particles scattered throughout, which I tried to capture in the below shade photo.
As an accent nail, I tried out ILNP’s Metropolis. Metropolis’ base color is also a pinky-purple, so I thought it would go well with Xochitl, but to keep things from being too matchy-matchy, I used Zoya’s Wednesday, a lovely faded aqua creme, as its base.
Like all ILNP’s flakies, Metropolis is an “Ultra Chrome,” which is ILNP’s term for their color-shifting properties. Metropolis shifts from its main pinky-purple to fuchsia to purple to aqua, with orange and gold (and maaaaaybe even a tiny bit of green?) towards the edges. Unlike holos, which need bright sunlight for their full effect, multi-chromes are best seen in the shade, so I tried to capture the color shift of Metropolis in the macro below.
This is also two coats of Metropolis. I found it very easy to maneuver on the nail, and I almost kept it at one coat but I decided to add more flakes to make the purple accent/purple holo connection more evident. Like my Heritage remorse, I’m really sad I didn’t get any more ILNP flakies – I mean, it was holiday time so I was already spending a buttload on my flight home and tickets, but ughhhhh I wish I could’ve at least also picked up Brilliance! Ah well, such a polish addict’s life – making those hard decisions, man.
What do you think of these polishes? Did you pick up and Cirque or ILNP colors during the holidays? Also, I was surprised how many polish and makeup brands I’d been waiting for never actually went on sale for Black Friday – or at least had as good of a discount as I wanted. Did anyone else notice that? Anyway, thanks so much for reading! See you next time – A x